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It takes Understanding to accept NJPW as a whole, Knowledge to set the proper pace of watching an AJPW show, Courage to get through Danshoku Dieno's main event at DDT's Peter Pan, & Dedication to follow NOAH through their various ups & downs. All these skills are needed to finish off the MEGA SOLO PURO POTPOURRI! Dylan goes solo after a month away from the Eastern Lariat and cover all of the above, going in on NJPW, Power Struggle, & Naito's questionable booking, AJPW & Kento vs. Zeus, DDT &...


Special Bloopers Edition

Plans change, they say. Even in podcasting not everything goes as planned and as promised here are some of the bloopers or outtakes that - for different reasons - have been cut from the past 100 episodes. Enjoy!


Episode 100: The Second Coming

Come on in and celebrate our 100th episode with us! Right off the bat STRIGGA talks about the japanese influx in this year's wXw World Tag Team League as well as Meiko Satomura in Femmes Fatales before him and Dylan toss it back to Japan to discuss King of Pro-Wrestling and everything surrounding it. You'll hear takes on the Jay White vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi match including the aftermath, on the three way main event and much more. Then Dylan takes over and reviews Stardom's 5 Star Grand Prix...


Episode 99: Royal Road to King of Pro-Wrestling

STRIGGA & Dylan are back with another XXLariat in which they cover the month of September in All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling. All Japan saw the 6th Royal Road (or Oudou) Tournament thrat had some outstanding action featuring the names you're used to from AJPW, but that also had Kengo Mashimo in some stellar performances. Over in New Japan they had three Destruction shows and the Eastern Lariat crew takes a look at the big matches, storylines and further developments...


Episode 98: Dramatic Draft Team

In this episode of the Eastern Lariat STRIGGA & Dylan travel to a parallel universe in the year 2020 in which the powers that be in japanese pro-wrestling are about to shift as two new big players fight for talent both on and underneath the radar of the mainstream pro-wrestling fan. Follow the duo as they draft veterans, prospects, heavyweights, juniors and more for their promotions to be.


Episode 97: Puroresu Potpourri & Interview

Two weeks after the G1 Climax ended the Eastern Lariat crew gets back together to shed a light on some of the promotions that fell short to the spectacle that the G1 was. STRIGGA & Dylan talk about some of the best matches that happened in Pro Wrestling NOAH in recent months while also discussion some of the storyline developments on the ark. From there the two move on to All Japan's Summer Explosion Series, the King of DDT tournament and all the turmoil surrounding the KO-D Openweight...


Episode 96: We Are Survivors!

The 28th G1 Climax is over and not only does New Japan Pro Wrestling have a survivor, but we are survivors as well, because for 19 events this tournament has been an incredible ride. On this show STRIGGA & Dylan go in depth with everything (no C Block, sorry) surrounding the G1 Climax final shows from Tokyo Nippon Budokan which includes one more look at the Firing Squad storyline and possible go away heat, the setup of Budokan, the tournament matches form Friday until Sunday, each person's...


Episode 95: Osaka Best Bout Business

Before addressing G1 Climax business from Osaka STRIGGA & Dylan shed the light on DDT's Beer Garden shows, All Japan's Junior Tag League and the WRESTLE-1 Grand Prix. The main subject however are the two G1 shows from Osaka this past weekend. The Eastern Lariat crew goes in depth with the much loved Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii and Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito matches and also debates where the Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Michael Elgin and Kazuchika Okada vs. EVIL matches rank in the grand...


Episode 94: Seeking the Fire

Since the quest for fire is an ongoing theme on this episode of the Eastern Lariat STRIGGA & Dylan first take a look at ZERO1's Fire Festival and then about the King of DDT tournament that also started this week. Then the duo moves on to nights 11, 12 and 13 of the G1 Climax that again saw some great, but also some lackluster matches. The grind is there and midway through the G1 Climax some of the participants are clearly hurting, but the burning fighting spirit is undeniable.


Episode 93: A Ceremony of Violence

In a new Eastern Lariat episode STRIGGA & Dylan first discuss All Japan's big show in Osaka from this Sunday that saw The Big Guns of Zeus & The Bodyguard going for singles gold while Yuma Aoyagi & Naoya Nomura challenged Jun Akiyama & Yuji Nagata for the All Asia Tag Team Title. The second and bigger point of discussion are nights 8, 9 & 10 of the G1 Climax that – once again – delivered outstanding action and maybe the match of the tournament half way through. STRIGGA & Dylan also once...


Episode 92: The Rainmaker is back?!

Two more G1 Climax shows in the books, another Eastern Lariat episode in the books! STRIGGA & Dylan are back yet again with their reviews of night 6 & 7 of the 28th G1 Climax from Korakuen Hall and Hajioji. In the center of attention are outstanding matches like Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii and Zack Sabre Jr. vs. SANADA, but once again also the Tongans and their controversial actions within the tournament. Not less controversial were Okada's demeanors in recent weeks that leads to the...


Episode 91: Riding the Graps 1 Train

STRIGGA & Dylan are back yet again with their review of nights 4 & 5 of this year's G1 Climax that saw more controversy unvail when it comes to the Tongans and their way of handling business within the tournament and that controversy also impacts the Eastern Lariat crew. Besides arguing about that topic STRIGGA & Dylan talk about the wholesome Sabre vs. Yano bout, the great Naito vs. Ishii, Omega vs. Goto and White vs. Elgin matches as well as part 2 of Hangman Page's coming out party in his...


Episode 90: Jay White's Chaos Theory

Three events down, 16 still to go! STRIGGA & Dylan give their first opinions on participants, matches and stories after the third day of the G1 Climax. The two talk about every tournament bout, mention their favorite and least favorite matches and go beyond the in-ring action as they discuss Jay White's very successful start in the tournament and where his chaos theory might lead us and how it could change the landscape of New Japan Pro Wrestling.


Episode 89: On the eve of G1

On the eve of the 28th G1 Climax tournament the band is back together as STRIGGA & Dylan join forces again to talk about the most recent events in New Japan Pro Wrestling including Strong Style Evolved UK and the G1 Special in San Francisco and to preview the biggest tournament of the summer. The Eastern Lariat crew gives an insight on their dream scenarios, block winners, possible upsets and drop a few names they are keeping an eye out for. Oh yeah, there's still that damn briefcase!


Episode 88: G1 Climax 28 Preview

It's G1 time! The most wonderful time of the Japanese wrestling year is upon us. Sadly, it's not all sunshine as STRIGGA is out for this week doing his civil duty, so Dylan is riding solo this week for the first time in almost 2 years! He breaks down all 20 participants in the G1, goes over statistics from last year and mentions some of their best work as well as theories on their 2018 booking and his opinion on each man's in-ring prospects, where he expects them to rank in his own rankings,...


Episode 87: Dominion of Emotions

STRIGGA & Dylan return to discuss NJPW's Dominion from this past Saturday that was an eventful and trend setting show for many reasons. The Eastern Lariat crew goes in depth on everything on the show and surrounding it from the monumental Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega match and its aftermath over Chris Jericho making a huge impact to New Japan's ambitious program in the near future and the new president's visions. Besides that STRIGGA & Dylan also go back to the Best of the Super Junior...


Episode 86: Eastern Heroes

Japan & China are the focus of the latest Eastern Lariat episode in which STRIGGA & Dylan first of all look back at All Japan's Korakuen Hall with the historic main event between Kento Miyahara and Naomichi Marufuji and also take a look at the upcoming All Japan cards in June. After that the duo sets sail for a voyage to China to discuss the new partnership between Pro Wrestling NOAH and Eastern Heroes as well as Oriental Wrestling Entertainment and their promising talent. In a show that was...


Episode 85: BOSJ Halftime Show

Halfway through the 25th edition of New Japan's big junior heavyweight tournament STRIGGA & Dylan got back together to take a special look at each of the 16 participants and what they contributed to the tournament so far. They highlight the best performers, matches and developments that the Best of the Super Junior has to offer. Plus: What can we expect from New Japan's new president? How do New Japan in Cow Palace and All In effect one another?


Episode 84: Wrestling Fire Country

We're fired up about pro-wrestling! From the highs and lows, from the most compelling stories and matches to rather questionable decisions and confusion about titles STRIGGA & Dlyan discuss all the big matches and developments from the Wrestling Dontaku tour and also look at the upcoming Best of the Super Junior as well as Dominion. Other topics include the split of Dragon Gate business affairs, NOAH opening Pandora's box with their new discount, Big Japan's glass ceiling and The Great...


Episode 83: No One-Trick Pony

All Japan's Champion Carnival is over so STRIGGA & Dylan got together to discuss the entire tournament: What does Marufuji winning mean for All Japan? Where does the promotion go next? Who was the MVP? What were the best and worst matches? Besides that the duo discusses All Japan's rookie situation and what could change.